Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were "humbled" to receive a very special award

A senior Archewell exec accepted it on their behalf.

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A senior Archewell exec accepted it on their behalf.

With two young children at home and many projects in the works, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can't overload their schedules with engagements.

While they are headed to the UK and Germany next month to attend a series of charity events, they made the decision to skip an awards ceremony in New York City this week, where they were set to receive the Human First Coalition Partner Organization Award for the support their Archewell Foundation has given to families in need in Aghanistan.

The royal couple entrusted Archewell's Executive Director James Holt with collecting the award on their behalf during the awards ceremony, which doubled as a cultural celebration of Afghanistan organised by the Human First Coalition.

In footage shared on Twitter by journalist R.S. Locke, James says: "The Duke and Duchess, Prince Harry and Meghan, wanted me to say that they are honoured and incredibly humbled by being recognised through the Foundation tonight."

He added: "They're sorry they can't be here in person, but they, like me, also believe that tonight's true honouree is Human First. In moments of crisis, at a time when we are faced with the worst of humanity, we also get to witness the greatest examples of courage, resilience and compassion."

The Sussexes partnered with the charity to share their Christmas card in 2021, which featured the first official photograph of their baby daughter Lilibet.

At the time, Human First wrote on Twitter alongside the image: "We're proud to partner with Archewell Foundation and Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Through a generous contribution this holiday season, they're providing care for families in need in Afghanistan & supporting life-saving efforts we are undertaking daily."

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Though the Sussexes chose not to travel from their home in California to New York this time, they were last in the city fairly recently, when Prince Harry gave a speech at the United Nations on the occasion of Nelson Mandela Day.

We will continue to update this story.

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